Breaking the Silence in Selective Mutism

As a parent, you know how important it is to communicate with your child. So what would you do if your son or daughter stopped speaking? For parents with a child who has selective mutism, answering this question is critical. Treatment by a healthcare specialist may be needed to restore the child to a healthy, well-adjusted state.

How Anxiety Disorders Are Detected in Children

It's normal for children to be afraid of something, but having an anxiety disorder is much more serious. Anxiety disorders can cause very high levels of stress in children. This amount of stress during development is unhealthy and can affect a child for years to come. Read more to learn about how health experts check for anxiety problems in children.

How Anxiety Disorders Influence Adolescent Behavior

Recognizing the signs of an anxiety disorder early is very important for successful treatment. Studies have shown the negative effects late diagnosis of an anxiety disorder can have. For children who struggle with anxiety problems without receiving the help they need, the risks for problems in the teen years is much greater.

Spanking Increases Risk of Anxiety Disorders

A new study published in the journal of Pediatrics found that anxiety and depression rates are higher among adults who were spanked or physically reprimanded during childhood. Researchers believe that this may be due to the amount of stress that is carried during childhood when fear of physical punishment is present.

How a Parent’s Stress Level Affects Their Child

A calm home can provide measurable benefits when it comes to a child's grown and development. A parent's stress and anxiety level (beginning during pregnancy), and how the parent handles said stress, affects a child very deeply. Over-scheduling a child, and parents taking on unnecessary responsibilities, can often do more harm than good and contribute to anxiety in children.

Dental Filling Ingredients May Increase Childhood Anxiety and Depression

A certain kind of dental filling may put your child at an increased risk of developing childhood anxiety and depression. A study funded by NIH monitored, for five years, the psychosocial well-being of children receiving various dental fillings. Children who received plastic composite fillings, containing BPA, were more likely to demonstrate psychological problems.